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My condolences

Felt sad after knowing about Aloysius Pang’s death today. After reading articles about it, I could feel tears falling from my eyes. My condolences to people close to him. I will keep his position of being my 3rd most favourite Singaporean (or Singapore-based) actor forever.

~Lucky JM

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Singapore Drama Review 虎妈来了

Tiger Mum (2015) 虎妈来了

Genre: Romance, Family, Comedy

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10

starring Huang Biren as He Xuemei/Tiger mum, Yao Wenlong as Chen Kai, Julie Tan as Chen Huixin, Ian Fang as Chen Haowei, Aloysius Pang as Chen Haolian, Bonnie Loo as Chen Huiyan and Jeffrey Xu as Zhang Guoqiang.

Why must Singapore Dramas make the character’s name have double meaning? Is it for comical effect? In this drama, Haolian’s name sounds like another Chinese word which means boastful. This does serve a bit of purpose in this drama since it matches his personality. Haha. It is hilarious to see many people being afraid of Xuemei. Even rebellious Haolian did her biding on their first meeting. It is funny how Huixin turns out to be ghost-like after locking herself in the room for many years. Liked her angry looks a lot in this drama. She even lost her way back home and went into other people’s house. I enjoyed the scene where the family goes out to find Haolian after he left the house in anger. Haowei even musters his courage to demand the gangsters to let go of Haolian and stands his ground until Xuemei arrives. Liked the process of how Haowei becomes more confident of himself and securing his job. It was unexpected that the girl Haowei liked did not marry him…

Liked how Xuemei understands people so well that she can predict the children’s actions and help them out. I am impressed with her ability to provide maternal guidance even though she is not a mother yet. It is funny when she is asked to look after her sister’s 2 children. She confiscates their electronic gadgets, makes them play board games and do homework, much to the children’s unhappiness. Even the domestic helper secretly wishes that she is the children’s mother. Haha. It is fun to watch Guoqiang, an ex-prisoner, chasing after Xuemei, trying to win her heart. Especially when he calls her Xiaomei as if he is older than her, chocking Xuemei as a result whenever she hears it. The 4 children’s aunt is kind of annoying to me… She can neither solve the children’s problems nor can she settle her own personal affairs. The only good thing about her is that she accepts her husband’s children as her own. Liked how Margaret, the aunt’s daughter, adds humour to the drama.

Looks like children really need a person to guide them after all. It is difficult for them to grow well without the attention and moral support of an adult. While the children feel that Tiger Mum has interfered with their lives, making their lives more complicated by including them in other family members’ affairs, they are actually thankful to feel that they are a part of the family. My last takeaway: Family members should care for one another and not only bother about their personal affairs. A real family is one that members can share their woes and happiness and not live in their own worlds.

Tiger mum opening theme song

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Singapore Drama Review 你也可以是天使

You can be an angel too (2015) 你也可以是天使

Genre: Medical, Family, Romance

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

starring Zoe Tay 郑惠玉as Wang Ruojun 王若君, Bryan Wong 王禄江as Xie Yaozong 谢耀宗, Elvin Ng 黄俊雄 as Fu Jiazi 傅家梓,Rebecca Lim 林慧玲 as Guan Xinni  关馨霓 , Xu Bin 徐彬 as Fu Jiaren 傅家任 , Sheila Sim 沈惠怡 as Liu Youle 刘佑乐, Jayley Woo 胡佳琪 as Dai Xiwen 戴希雯, Aloysius Pang 冯伟衷as Li Longhua 李龙华.

The case that touches me the most is Tianxiang’s case. He is a teenager who suffers from brain cancer and passes away soon after. While his peers may be envious of his long leave from school, he just wants to be well and doing what his peers are doing, including sitting for examinations. I cannot imagine the suffering due to the physical pain and mental depression a patient like this faces. It is heartbreaking to see him pass away at such a young age, especially when his parents desperately want him to live. At least he manages to realise his dream and experience being a pilot. This suggests that a short life with dreams is more meaningful than a long life without goals. I don’t think I will ever want to be a doctor or nurse. Although I can help to alleviate their pain, I cannot prevent a patient from passing away. Imagine seeing so many heartbreaking cases in my everyday life…

Bryan Wong’s character added a lot of humour into this drama with his funny, incredulous blurt of “What?!” whenever he does not understand Xinni or with the  funny descriptions he makes. I admire how he is so thrifty (or to the extent of stingy) yet he gives others so generously. He even washes his clothes and bathes at the same time to save money from using his house’s water. When he can simply buy and give others, he would rather make it himself, no matter it is food or clothes. Even his planned wedding does not include a grand banquet as he thinks that it is the affair of just the 2 of them. On the contrary, he gives the grandmother who sells magazines $100 and helps many families in need with his time and money. When he is hospitalised and almost died, I am touched that many of his beneficiaries want to visit him and give him well-wishes.

It is shocking to see (between Xinni and XYZ) that there can be so many misunderstandings one can make of another person. It is sad to see that many of the patients have unfilial children. Some even have no choice but to make another patient his/her guardian who helps to make decisions which is kind of ridiculous. I sympathise with Youle for being badly treated at her brother’s house. In order to make money, her brother and his wife made Youle sleep in a cramp storeroom so that they can rent out Youle’s room. There are many unfair restrictions and “neglect” Youle faced. On the other hand, when her brother faces financial problems and addiction to gambling, she does not hesitate to help out. It is funny how Jiaren keeps changing job from a person who writes critics to lifeguard to actor…

You can be an angel too opening theme song

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Singapore Drama Review 知星人

Finally have a sg drama that attracts me haha! In 2017, maybe I missed out certain good dramas? I peaked into Home Truly, The Lead, Dream Coder but they didnt attract me.

My friends from afar (2017) 知星人

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

 

starring Shaun Chen as Yang Tiansheng, Carrie Wong as Chen Fengjiao, Paige Chua as Yang Tianning, Aloysius Pang as Chen Xianglin, Brandon Wong as Chen Xiaolong, Toh Xin Hui as Chen Qingxia, Yao Wenlong as Zhou Zhiqiang, Eelyn Kok as Xu Xinmei, Wang Yuqing as Yang Zhongyong, Sheila Sim as Queen

This drama is very funny at the start when the four of them first come to Earth and I laughed a lot. They find it fascinating walking on Earth and keep walking up and down the steps. It is also funny when Fengjiao forces Tiansheng to eat oranges as punishment for cheating them of their money and Tiansheng happily eats it until she forces him to eat the orange peels too… Besides that, they are shocked that there is a drink called Dinosaur and readily order it when asked by the person selling drink. It is hilarious when Tiansheng tries to frighten them by wearing a ghost wear and roller-skate into their house, and they just look closely and blankly at him. Tiansheng’s father pretends to be some China (?) zombie and scares a few neighbors but ends up being scared by his own reflection when Tiansheng shows him a mirror made me laugh my head off haha.

Enjoyed watching how the aliens have special abilities such as great strength, the ability to read mind, freeze people, fly, move things without touching, go into people’s dreams, heal, erase people’s memories. It is cool how they can fly, and sit in the air and play chess (?), and move the cups of water from the kitchen to bedroom with their power. It was romantic when Xianglin goes into Tianning’s dream and brings her to outerspace, and when Fengjiao makes snow fall for Tiansheng. Some of the scenes felt unreal to me though, not sure if it is because of the portrayal of the aliens or because of the background of the scenes. I was expecting that one of the people who had their memories erased will suffer negative consequences, especially Guanjun since he is young and his brain is still growing. If nothing happens after they erase a memory, it would seem like it is fine to erase people’s memory which is not morally right. If something happens to him, his mother will care about his health more than being concerned if he obtains excellent academic results which is a more meaningful plot twist to me.

Liked how each episode starts with a theme/topic of discussion as the aliens explore human behaviour, and I liked the cool and unique dance/workout only the aliens do though I missed some since I didnt watch from catch-up tv but straight from the television when it is being screened, and I was late to turn on the TV haha…Also liked the hand sign they show when answering leader Fengjiao. Liked the development of relationships between the Yang family and the aliens. It is funny that the Yang family’s 2 children who have very different personalities fall in love with the 2 aliens. Xianglin’s pregnancy scenes are interesting haha and it was fun watching a guy doing most of the things a typical pregnant woman would have done.

It is interesting how the aliens have to purposely take lessons from Leopard King (Tiansheng) to learn to lie haha. This makes me wonder if learning to lie is an essential life skill to survive on Earth and it is sad that this is the case. However, lying may be a good way to prevent unhappy happenings such as when using white lies? It is funny when the aliens criticise humans harshly at the start of the drama such as humans’ efficiency. Liked how Fengjiao is always actively trying to change people for the better which I secretly want to do too haha… People are indeed wasting too much food and it would be good if I can force people to eat their food up like Fengjiao… At the end of the drama, the aliens praise the goodness of humans which I think is not totally true. If the humans find out who they are, would they still treat them in the same way?

Enjoyed watching the interaction between the 4 aliens as they start to become a family and take care of one another, look out for one another, especially liked the interaction between Qingxia and Xiaolong. It was sad when Xiaolong is seriously injured and saying his final goodbyes. I could feel tears in my eyes when watching that scene. It was heartwarming when Qingxia calls Xiaolong “Dad” at his final moments even though she previously hates how “her father” is treating her more and more like a human child. About 1/2 of the times Singapore Dramas’ crying scenes cannot bring me in completely but that scene is well-executed with good acting and I can feel the emotions in that scene.

Managed to guess who the alien who betrayed them to live among humans is and felt a bit annoyed that they go one whole round suspecting and end up back where they started. Maybe I am nitpicking haha. Although I felt sorry for Zhiqiang’s predicament, it is too bad he has chosen to go on the wrong path. Felt that his mother could have trusted him more throughout the drama and not only at the good times. Feel that Yao Wenlong is acting more significant roles which is good haha…

Felt that the ending could have been better if there are more and longer scenes to portray Tiansheng’s longing as he waits for Fengjiao’s return instead of just flashing his flashback scenes so quickly. How can so many years of waiting be so bearable? Overall, it is a good watch, a meaningful drama with nice fantasy and humour, and great acting from the cast.

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Random drama quick reviews!

Hi, everyone! I still have two more examination papers but since I have a bit of time before the next paper I shall write a quick review of the dramas I watched so far.
~Dramas are really good stress relievers and medicine for the brain when we are fighting with examinations. But when overused, you may be overdosed. Lucky JM
Haha random quote time!

I finished watching W- 2 worlds and Let’s fight ghost long ago as well as kind of browsed through Shopping King Louie and I think I may write full reviews of them after my examinations are over. However, it will take me some time to recall what I watched haha.

I enjoyed both W and Let’s fight ghost with the nice chemistry as well as the plots, especially the intriguing plot in W which involves such creativity by employing metafiction.w
After watching W, my sister comes up with the crazy idea that maybe we are living in a book and someone is probably controlling our lives. Perhaps we should try to develop our free will and do the things that we want instead of letting the author determine our lives with his storyline? Haha. Liked Han Hyo Joo’s reactions a lot in W. Imagine meeting the fiction character you loved or idolised by simply landing in their fiction world or them coming out unexpectedly from the book hehe. Liked how Lee Jong Suk expresses his character’s emotional struggle.

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Really liked Taecyeon and Kim So Hyun in Let’s fight ghost. I know that Kim So Hyun is really good at acting and people may think that (besides the age gap) it is not suitable for Taecyeon to act alongside her but I just like how Taecyeon portrays his characters, making me root for him such as in Dream High.  Enjoyed watching Taecyeon’s character, Bong Pal, change after he meets Kim So Hyun’s character, the persistent and cute ghost.

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I had high expectations for Shopping King Louie with its cast and plot but it didnt meet my expectations haha. I like losing memory dramas but somehow this drama didnt make me enjoy it as much as I thought I would and the plot seems rather dull. Haeundae Lover was so much better for me. If the plot involved something like Louie and Bok Sil succeeding in creating their own brand with Louie’s capability to discern products, then gaining recognition despite not having his memory, and even managing to threaten the existence of Goldline, his grandmother’s company that his uncle managed to steal from him, it would be an interesting watch. There is just not enough conflict in this drama with the villains giving in too easily and Louie seems like a good-for-nothing that only knows how to spend money by shopping and pursue love. Perhaps if you want to watch a rom-com drama with little evil and all good you can try this haha.

Moving away from Korean Dramas, I had a sneak peak into You can be an angel too 2 and Fire up and found both not suitable for me.

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Fire up is a drama to recognise the contribution of criminals in the society and call for people to be more accepting towards them. The plot seems fine but I just didnt want to see repeated couple (from 3 wishes) played by Thomas Ong and Huang Biren again haha. When watching it, it also gives me the feeling of Run, Jung Mi, a long series korean drama that was on Channel U around that period of time so it didnt pique my curiosity much.

youcanbeanangel2               you-can-be-an-angel-too2                                                                                                                     From @xubin.carrie Instagram
I liked Rebecca Lim and Bryan Wong’s acting in You can be an angel too 2 but them alone cannot sustain my interest without Elvin Ng and Sheila Sim from the previous season. Xu Bin acts well as the nice guy and nurse that is in charge of sending people off in their last part of their life journey, and it seems like his acting has improved :). However, I didnt like the love triangle between him, Carrie Wong and Aloysius Pang. Although I am more of a fan of Aloysius Pang than Xu Bin, I just could not get myself to like Aloysius Pang’s character in this drama even though I know his character is just following the plot of going into a path he will regret later on. If Thomas Ong appeared more often in this drama, I would have considered watching the whole drama but he appears less than half the time. So, I guess I will be dropping it. At least I gave it a chance…

Besides, I suddenly went to watch a Chinese drama called Romance in the Rain which is a well-known drama long time ago in 2001.  After watching “I am a Singer Season 3”, I suddenly become a fan of Leo Ku, 古巨基. Haha…and next thing of course is to source out his dramas, expected of a drama fan. I was a bit disappointed when he has limited dramas but I still managed to find the one that he was most well-known for so yay I found it!

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It is an around 50 episodes long drama and it was a bit draggy somewhere in between but overall I liked the plot and the cast. This drama is something like the tumultuous times in China due to the Japanese trying to conquer China as well. Zhao Wei, whom I know has a great reputation in acting, acted very well in it and it is so nice to see her in action since I seldom watch Chinese Drama.

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Her character, Liping, has a strong personality and has bad relationships with her powerful father who married the 9th wife after her mother, and neglecting her mother and her as a result. Shuhuan (Leo Ku) is a news reporter who seems perfect from his great fighting skills to his eloquence in speaking. When both characters meet, at first Shuhuan wanted to dig out news from her about her family background but soon he starts to fall for her, defend her in many occasions, and help her patch up her relationship with her family (her father side).

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(Lots to write and still quite fresh in memory so To be Continued in full Romance in the Rain review)

Random thoughts: Should I watch Singapore Drama Super Senior?

Since it’s been some time since I reviewed on a recent Singapore Drama, I shall just write on some random thoughts on Singapore Dramas.

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I have been asking myself,
“Is it worth watching Singapore Drama Super Senior for Aloysius Pang and Jayley Woo?”

Super Senior starring many veteran actors and actresses is the currently airing Singapore Drama about how ageing does not affect people negatively. Instead, it can be a positive advantage. Aloysius Pang acting as a doctor has been “stalking” Jayley Woo’s character who later becomes a nurse and finally gets to date her (if I am not wrong). Due to his father’s death later on, Aloysius Pang’s character decides to quit being a doctor and become a hawker (food vendor) to succeed his father’s business much to his mother’s disapproval.

Did catch a few scenes of their chemistry which is a lot more sweet than them in Tiger Mum. When they finally got together in Tiger Mum, it feels a bit awkward to me and not as natural. Well, my sister did comment that Aloysius Pang looks too young for his role in Super Senior but he still looks good in the role (to me). Haha.

It is highly likely that I may skip this drama as a whole though unless convinced otherwise… Looking forward to the upcoming The Journey: Our Homeland. Can’t wait to see Romeo Tan acting as both the evil villain and Zhang Min’s son. Zhang Yan is really horrible, the cause of misfortune. Feel so sad for Zhang Jia that in the trailer Minhui passes away.

Singapore Drama Review Mystic Whispers

Mystic Whispers (2014) 听

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Horror, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

starring Romeo Tan as Zhang Jien 张吉恩and Sheila Sim as Mo Xiaoyun莫晓芸.

Plot: This drama shows the journey of Jien and Xiaoyun as their relationship develop with every ghost they help to leave without regret. Each ghost who remains on Earth is filled with grievance and wants to finish what they did not manage to do when they are alive. Jien and Xiaoyun often go to the same cafe and argue over the bread that Xiaoyun always manage to snatch when there is only 1 left, marking the start of their relationship. Xiaoyun only starts to see ghosts when she is with Jien and Jien can see ghosts only when he is holding on to Xiaoyun’s hand.

Zoom into characters: Mo Xiaoyun lost her sense of hearing in her left ear after an accident one year ago and started hearing strange sounds. She has a hunch that she is hearing strange sounds from another world, but chooses to feign ignorance, hoping that she will be fine if she ignores it. Zhang Ji’en is an exorcist cum mortician who have many equipment to deal with ghosts but they may not be effective. He also do the make-up for the dead. Actually, Zhang Jien caused the car accident of Xiaoyun. He was in a rush to be by his girlfriend’s deathbed so he beats the red light and caused Xiaoyun’s accident indirectly. He feels regretful that he cannot see the last sight of his girlfriend and remorseful towards Xiaoyun.

The most funny scene is when Xiaoyun 1st discovered that she can see ghosts. Jien cannot even see the ghost, Ken, yet still say he caught the ghost and get paid for it. Jien is always enthusiastic about seeing ghosts but when he really sees them when Xiaoyun holds on to him, he is always so frightened and escapes whenever possible. Ken (Yuan Shuai)  is such a hardworking ghost and even thinks about handing in his completed work after his death. Too bad he cannot stay alive for a while more or he would have been promoted to creative director. Although he may be competent, he still needs rest. At least his boss takes notice of him or it would have been a waste. We should take care of our health, resting when needed and not be too eager to meet tight deadlines.

Other ghosts are a fat woman who wants to slim down, a boy addicted to smartphones who does not want his parents to divorce because of his death, a maid who wants to protect her young master, a man who does not want to leave the house as he thinks his children are murderers of his wife, another man that wants to prevent the car accident of his wife and daughter and Jien’s ex-girlfriend. I guess all of the ghosts appear in a threatening way as they are filled with unhappiness and hope they can “force” people into helping them. Isn’t gaining sympathy good enough?

The ghost of the fat woman even possessed Xiaoyun to eat a lot of food while the ghost of the boy addicted to smartphone (Aloysius Pang) possessed Jien to surf the net all he wants and at the same time catch Xiaoyun’s attention. It is such a coincidence that the boy addicted to smartphone is killed by an I pad that is thrown out from a building. Haha. We should not care about our appearance so much as what matters may not be our appearance but our attitude and mindset. The fat woman could have led a happy life and not choke to death as there is someone who likes her positive attitude towards life despite her appearance. As part of phubber generation (低頭族), we should take more notice of our surrounding and care for the people around us while we can.

Why you should watch: I am not a fan of horror movies but since Romeo Tan is acting in it with lots of humour, I decided to try it with the sounds off. I did not expect it to be heartwarming as the drama unfolds. It is comical at times when they try to escape from the ghosts but to no avail with the horrified expression on their faces. There are many learning points and one learns to live life without regrets.

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Mystic whispers original theme song  Mystic whispers spooky opening

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